A furry-faced, stereotypically absent-minded, pipe smoking professor.
Actually, for me, I recognized all the references here…. they were all a part of my elderly “pop culture” references…. Magritte’s “This is not a pipe” painting was something I always liked being I am a pipe smoker, Bob Ross’ “Afro” hair style was talked about widely back then, and the hair pick was the comb of choice with that hair style….. Freddie Washington (Welcome Back Kotter, the TV series) often sported one in his hair purposefully for show.
The artistry of the first panel is impressive…. the fancy window not only acts as a sort of “bulls eye” on ’ole Joe, suggesting he is now “under the gun” so-to-speak, but the drawing abberations through the glass are also quite striking!
No, I do not have any relatives or friends that I know of who are into Cos-play. I had one research student about 6-7 years ago who was talking to me about how she was going to attend a SteamPunk Convention that weekend. And, she proceeded to tell me a bit about it. I am presuming that counts as some form of Cos-play because they dress up in some chimeric mix of 1800s attire and industrial hardware. I do not even know SteamPunk is still a “thing” these days or not.
I guess I was taking Bets’ “serious” as in meaning more akin to either “problematic” or perhaps “important and meaningful”. You and others are suggesting the way Bets is using “serious” is more in the vein of “intensive passion about a hobby” sort of “serious”.
So, they are “on”…. and it must be a live stream, I guess. Just a few thoughts….
1. Gunther’s face (lower face, jawline) look considerably fuller in the Batman costume than in his typical, un-costumed self.
2. Les’ white, frilly add-on…. looks like a reasonable replica of the front of Seinfeld’s “puffy shirt” so it does work with the rest of his get-up.
3. Gunther’s semi-cheesy, semi-broadcaster-y smile in today’s panels seems the antithesis of the typical, moody, broody Batman.
4. Even though today’s joke is the juxtaposition of Bets’ statement….. “…the serious side of costuming…” with Les’ near Vaudevillian dance routine……. honest question….. Is there a “serious” side to costuming? And, if so, what is it? And, more broadly, what would be a “serious” side to costuming at a Cos-play event?
To me, the typical “costuming” I have done has been a) as a kid, trick-or-treating and then gorging on the sugary treats, or b) as an adult going to a Halloween party and having a few drinks, acting silly, and just being casual….. neither of which would allow me to think of costuming as “serious”.
So…. they are making a Cos-play video. This sure suggests that Gunther is growing ever more comfortable being a social media presence.
1. Might we assume Gunther, with his past proclivities for sewing and tailoring…. that he has MADE these Cos-play costumes? Well, perhaps not the Uhura costume Bets is wearing since she seemed to have that for a long time. If Gunther did sew his Batman costume…. I would have to say he did a damn good job of it.
2. I may not have paid sufficient attention…. what does the “bc” on the green screen stand for? And, if it is a known symbol, what is the meaning of the up arrow on the “b”?
3. Les, to me, looks like he needs to have Gunther make him a replica of the “puffy shirt” that Jerry Seinfeld once wore on “Seinfeld” to complete his look.
Another especially good one today from OJ!!!!!! Thank you!
That is probably very true…. I think in my MIND, I would read it with the “coe” sound, and then even after I knew what it meant, when I would SEE the word, that is how it would “sound” in my mind until I corrected myself. But, when I see “cos-play” with the hyphen…. it does read in my mind like “cah” instead.
Hmmm… It would be very interesting if we migrate into Bets discussing more details about her family. I would like that quite a bit. I am thinking the probability is low, however, that this will occur.
Never heard the term “batarang” before….. had to look it up… then it made a lot of sense. I do not know if it was referred to as such in all the various “Batman” media I have observed…. but I may simply have overlooked the term and always thought of the device just as a boomerang that looked like his bat symbol. This “batarang” portmanteau is one I do like. “Cosplay” not so much, but I do like it much better if spelled “Cos-play”…. which I have explored and have seen used occasionally…. so I do like that.
Just don’t write it as COTSPLAY. :) The hyphen matters, dammit. :)
This…. this is SO, SO very good! As a biology professor, this one has tremendous impact for me!!!!